Dublin Environs

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  • 1. Castletown House

    In 1722, William Conolly (1662–1729) decided to build himself a house befitting his new status as the speaker of the Irish House of Commons and...Read More

  • 2. Drogheda Museum Millmount

    Millmount

    It was in Millmount that the townsfolk made their last stand against the bloodthirsty Roundheads of Cromwell. Perhaps in defiance of Cromwell's attempt to obliterate...Read More

  • 3. Glendalough

    Nestled in a lush, quiet valley deep in the rugged Wicklow Mountains, among two lakes and acres of windswept heather, Gleann dá Loch ("glen of...Read More

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  • 4. Hill of Tara

    One of the most sacred places in pre-Christian Ireland, and the seat of power for ancient High Kings, the Hill of Tara is at the...Read More

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  • 5. Killruddery House

    The 17th-century formal gardens at Killruddery House are precisely arranged, with fine beech hedges, Victorian statuary, and a parterre of lavender and roses. The Brabazon...Read More

  • 6. Knowth

    Under excavation since 1962, the prehistoric site of Knowth is comparable in size and shape to Newgrange, standing at 40 feet and having a diameter...Read More

  • 7. Mellifont Abbey

    Founded in 1142 by St. Malachy, Mellifont Abbey was inspired by the formal structure surrounding a courtyard of St. Bernard of Clairvaux's monastery, which St....Read More

  • 8. Newgrange

    One of the most spectacular prehistoric sites in the world, Newgrange's Neolithic tomb inexplicably remains something of a hidden gem when compared with less-ancient Stonehenge....Read More

  • 9. Powerscourt House & Gardens

    At more than 14,000 acres, including stunning formal gardens and a 400-foot waterfall, Powerscourt was truly one of the great houses of Ireland and Britain...Read More

  • 10. Russborough House

    A conspicuously grand house rising seemingly in the middle of nowhere—actually the western part of County Wicklow—Russborough was an extravagance paid for by the profits...Read More

  • 11. Slane Castle

    The stately 18th-century Slane Castle overlooks a natural amphitheater, a bowl-shape hollow formed by surrounding hills. In 1981 the castle's owner, Anglo-Irish Lord Henry Mount...Read More

  • 12. Avondale Forest Park

    Outside the quaint village of Rathdrum, on the west bank of the Avondale River, is the 523-acre Avondale Forest Park. Part of a then-burgeoning movement...Read More

  • 13. Bell Tower

    This bell tower of a Franciscan monastery dates back to the 13th century. Keep an eye out for the lovely Gothic windows....Read More

  • 14. Black Castle

    Immediately south of the harbor, perched on a promontory that has good views of the coastline, are the ruins of the Black Castle. This structure...Read More

  • 15. Butler's Gate

    Millmount

    One of the city's original 11 entrances, Butler's Gate predates St. Laurence's Gate by 50 years or more, making it one of the country's oldest...Read More

  • 16. Cnoc an Linsigh

    An attractive area south of Summerhill, Cnoc an Linsigh's forest walks and picnic sites are ideal for a half day of meandering. Many of the...Read More

  • 17. County Museum Dundalk

    Set in a beautifully restored 18th-century warehouse, this museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the dying local industries, such as beer brewing, cigarette...Read More

  • 18. Friary

    Closed down during the 16th-century dissolution of the monasteries, the Friary is a reminder of Wicklow's stormy past, which began with the unwelcome reception given...Read More

  • 19. Hermitage

    The 16th-century Hermitage was constructed on the site where St. Erc, a local man converted to Christianity by St. Patrick himself, led a hermit's existence....Read More

  • 20. Irish National Stud

    If you're a horse aficionado, or even just curious, check out this stud farm, a main center of Ireland's racing industry. The Stud was founded...Read More

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